I wish I could have hit more trails during my stay to the Smokies, but out of the four I did, Baskin’s creek left me feeling the most refreshed and recharged.
I traveled to the Great Smoky Mountains November first to the fifth. The first week after their busy season ends (May-October).
Our total time on the hike was 2 hours and 40 minutes, and our final distance was 4.27 miles.
Like most of the park, the parking lot right in front of this trail is significantly small. We were lucky to get a spot on the side of the road a little further down from the trail. We didn’t get an early start this day so that could have been a reason for lack of parking.
Once we parked we were excited to go, until we got to the starting point and saw the danger sign for active bears. Of course bears are active everywhere here. The other day we got lucky enough to see one from the car taking a nap on a rock right on the side of the road, but we were safe and sound. This time we were walking which leaves me vulnerable, so I’ll pass, thanks though.
But this is what we came here to do, so we chose to go onward, I was being a baby.
We continued to walk and the more we walked the more freaked out we got. For the first time over a mile in we have not seen a single person. Red flag, I thought. Leaves covered most of the trail, where the other trails were very clear. Another red flag. We were committed to finish strong even though our guts were telling us to turn and run back. (I’m being dramatic but this is truly how we felt)
We got to a point where we needed to climb down some rocks and before I knew it my breath was taken away. Nothing but the loud rumbles of a waterfall and the cool feeling from the rocks surrounding it. This so-called “creek” that we mocked all the way thinking it would be a random stream we wasted our time for, was incredible.
There were two other people there besides us, who left shortly after we got there. We spent some time there, then hiked back feeling more self-assured we would be fine on the way. For the first time actually taking advantage of the pure silence and fresh air.
Finally running into people, we got to be their mentor and tell them it is totally worth it. Which is what I am telling you now too. Just in case you don’t see anyone on your Baskin’s Creek journey, and you’re a big baby like me and battle with yourself to turn around.
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